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Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico
Introduction to the Project

These pages will help you identify the Catholic churches that recorded your Catholic ancestors' baptism, marriage, and death. With each church name is a list of the microfilm numbers of that place and time, and a description of the records on that film. Please let us know if this project helped you find the records you needed, or if you have information to enhance or correct any of the material. See Feedback.

New Mexico's Catholic churches are governed by three independent dioceses, and the 13 Colorado counties along the NM border are governed by another. This site is designed to help you find the right one.

1. Towns and cities in alphabetical order:

If you are starting with only the name of a town, this listing will help place that town by its current location. If it was under the jurisdiction of a different county at one time, that information will be noted as well.

2. The Counties
Showing the county lines with their current boundaries:

                      New Mexico   Colorado

Counties, in aphabetical order:

New Mexico
Bernalillo De Baca Hidalgo Mora San Miguel Taos
Catron Doņa Ana Lea Otero Sandoval Torrance
Chaves Eddy Lincoln Quay Santa Ana Union
Cibola Grant Los Alamos Rio Arriba Santa Fe Valencia
Colfax Guadalupe Luna Roosevelt Sierra
Curry Harding McKinley San Juan Socorro

() Photos of some churches in those counties, courtesy of Connie Langford.

Bent Huerfano Montezuma San Juan
Conejos La Plata Otero
Costilla Las Animas Rio Grande
3. Records & Sources:
Source Where to go to study microfilms, microfiche, and published materials? For information specific to a county, look on that county's page.
Source Sources consulted to obtain information for this project.
Source Hidden records: Sometimes one or more vital records are found hidden within another group. Let us know if you find one, and we'll publicize it. See "Orphan" records.
Source Problems to watch out for: Some record books were microfilmed by more than one group, so the same records may appear on more than one microfilming, and there is some overlapping of material and dates. Also, the record is sometimes more legible on a different film, so we are listing all film numbers as we learn of them.

4. Keeping the information current:

 Right Information updates: Phone numbers and addresses on the county pages have been updated to reflect those in the latest version of the New Mexico Blue Book, and numerous readers have contributed additional information as well. See Records for the sources of our information. If you know that an address, phone number, or any other information posted herein is incorrect or missing, please feel free to contact us.

This is a joint volunteer effort. Please contact us to add information to this databank.

Right Contacting us:
If sending email to us with corrections or additions that apply to this databank of church records, please include source reference, and send to
webmaster@nmgs.org. Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico is a work-in-progress and the pages will be revised as needed.

For Assistance:
Due to the volume of incoming mail, this webmaster is not always able to answer online research questions, but other volunteers are available. To post a query, see email for suggestions and send it to webmaster@nmgs.org or to info@nmgs.org.

NMGenWeb is a volunteer group that is linked to a larger network covering the entire United States. You'll also find help in our extensive link section

Be sure to "bookmark" this page so that you can find your way back when you are ready to document your family's history.

Locating Catholic Church Records in New Mexico is a joint project by volunteers of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, New Mexico GenWeb, and the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of NM. The goal: to locate the Catholic churches in New Mexico, then present the information in an easy to search format. This is a work-in-progress and we welcome new or corrected information for this databank.

For correspondence regarding this church project, send e-mail to: webmaster@nmgs.org.
To contact NMGS about membership or programs: info@nmgs.org.

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